Whitney, Abijah Fitch
Age: 21, credited to Wolcott, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 9/21/61, m/i 11/19/61, Pvt, Co. I, 1st VT CAV, m/o 11/18/64
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Birth: 02/28/1840, Tunbridge, VT
Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Morrisville, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 114808252
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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From a Supplement to the News and Citizen; undated
The subject of this sketch is a native of Tunbridge, Vt., came to Wolcott with his father's family when he was eight years old, and there spent his minority upon his father's farm. Soon after he became of age, in 1861,he enlisted in Co. I, First Regt. Vt. Cavalry, a regiment that inscribed 72 battles and engagements on its war-warn banners.
Mr. Whitney's health failed and he was for a while detailed at division headquarters where he served as forage master, and was honorably discharged with his regiment in November, 1864.
He went to Barre after his discharge and married in 1865 Miss Rossett L. Smith of that town. He moved to Morrisville in 1881, and the next spring bought the old mill on the present site, which he refurnished and enlarged. He has added from time to time a moulding machine, band saw, hand turning lathe and gauge survey, and square dado and has recently put in machinery for making butter boxes. He now manufactures nearly all kinds of house finishings. He usually employs from four to twelve hands in his mill.
He built his present excellent residence on Brooklyn Street in '92, and has built several buildings on contract, including the M.E. Church, built in '88, to which he was a very liberal donor. He has furnished building materials, labor and means to assist others in building. With Mr. Whitney resides his daughters, Lillian J. (Mrs Fred C. Jaynes) and Gertrude, who has recently graduated from People's Academy. Mr. Whitney is one of the substantial and trusted citizens of Morrisville. He has served four terms as Chairman of the Board of Village Trustees, a very responsible position and one to which he gave much time and careful attention, entirely without compensation. He has led an active and useful life, and taken an interest in public improvements and has been financially successful by honest and liberal business methods.
Owing to declining health he is prepared to rent or sell his mill on very favorable terms.
Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger, January 5, 1906
Abijah F. Whitney Dead.
Was Prominent Morrisville Man and Civil War Veteran
(Special to The Messenger)
Morrisville, Jan. 5. --- Abijah F. Whitney a prominent resident of this village, died early this morning of kidney disease and other complications, after an illness lasting several years. The funeral will be held in the Methodist church Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. P. A. Smith officiating.
Mr. Whitney was born in Tunbridge 65 years ago. In early life he removed to Wolcott. In 1861 he enlisted in Co. I, 1st. Vt. Cav., and took part in seventy-two battles. His health failing, he was detailed for duty at division headquarters, and was made a forage master. In November, 1864, he was honorably discharged. He came to this village in 1881 and the next spring bought the sawmill now owned by W. C. Ward.
He conducted this until failing health compelled him to retire from business four years ago. He went to Barre to reside, but returned here about a year ago. He was chairman of the board of village trustees four terms and gave much time and attention to public improvements. He was also a contractor, and erected several buildings, including the Methodist church.
Mr. Whitney is survived by a wife and two daughters, Mrs. Fred C. Jones, of this place, and Mrs. C. E. Hadley, of Lincoln, Nebr.
Submitted by Deanna French.